Welcome to Wūzhèn

Like many of the other famous water towns, Wūzhèn (乌镇) was part of the Grand Canal and prospered from trade and silk production. It's a major tourist attraction, and with its crowds and rows of souvenir shops its easy to write off Wūzhèn as inauthentic. But then you turn a corner and get a view of, say, an ancient stone bridge curving over a canal or a row of weathered Qing dynasty wooden homes, and realise: this... Read More

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$105 Day Trips & Excursions

Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour from Hangzhou

Your Wuzhen water town tour begins with coach pickup from your Hangzhou hotel. Stop at the Hundred-Bed Museum (Zhao Hall), the first museum in China to collect and exhibit ancient beds of the Jiangnan area. See the luxurious carvings and elaborate designs on these antique beds and listen as your expert guide shares stories reflecting this unique cultural account of ancient Chinese civilization.Later on visit the Sanbai Wine Workshop, the only remaining winery in Wuzhen, built during the Song Dynasty. Brewing liquor was a huge industry in Wuzhen during the Ming Dynasty. There were over 20 distilleries in operation at the time. Witness how wine is made using traditional techniques.Afterwards visit the Hongyuan Thai dye house to see the time-honored art of making indigo-dyed printed calico. Wuzhen is one of the principal sources of this flower-printed blue cloth. Elderly women still carry on the folk tradition of carefully weaving this textile. Watch the painstaking method of creating it and marvel at the final product of striking embossed blue cloth.After a local Chinese style lunch, engage yourself in a unique display of Chinese performing arts - the shadow play show. This is an exceptional storytelling experience as the characters are handmade leather puppets behind a screen with a cast light upon them forming silhouettes. Accompanied by Chinese traditional instruments, such as the erhu and the flute, shadow play is a universally renowned Chinese cultural spectacle.Finally no visit to a water town will be complete without taking a boat ride down the river. Board a rowboat and relax as you enjoy the sights of the old town and see people going about their daily lives. Float over the calm water and pass under picturesque stone bridges. After your boat ride take a walk around the town and then we will drive you back to your hotel in Hangzhou.

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Private Wuzhen Water Town and West Lake Day Trip from Hangzhou

Your private guide and driver will meet you at your Hangzhou hotel at 9am for the 90-minute journey to Wuzhen. One of China's most picturesque water towns, this famous cloth trading town is divided into two zones: east and west. On this trip, you'll visit Wuzhen's east side (Dongzha), which many consider the more authentic of the two zones. Your guide will show you round the ancient streets of this charming town. As you wander down narrow alleyways and over old stone bridges, choose the attractions you'd like to explore. The Ancient Bed Museum showcases the role of the bed in Chinese life, with designs from all eras, the Wine Workshop produces a specialty rice wine, while the Indigo Fabric Workshop showcases all the stages of dying with this natural product. Or you might wish to enjoy a traditional Chinese performance, such as a shadow puppet show, huagu (flower-drum) opera, or a martial arts show on a boat! Lunch is at your own expense, but your guide will be happy to recommend restaurants and help you with the menu: choose whether to eat in Wuzhen or Hangzhou. It's about a 90-minute drive back to Hangzhou, where your guide will show you the highlights of the city's leading scenic area, West Lake. Admire ancient causeways, historic tombs, lakeside gardens, and charming pagodas, against a backdrop of tea plantations and hills. From here, you'll drive back to your hotel, arriving around 5pm.

$270 Day Trips & Excursions

Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour from Hangzhou

Your 8-hour tour begins with an 8:30am pickup from your Hangzhou hotel. Greet your guide and head and to the historic town of Wuzhen, famed for its canals and waterfront houses.First, visit the Hundred-Bed Museum, the first museum in China to collect and exhibit ancient beds from the Jiangnan area. The museum has a collection of ancient beds made during both the Ming and the Qing Dynasties, and modern times. The history behind these ancient beds reflects Chinese civilizations’ history, as beds used to be much more than just places to sleep. In ancient China, people also sat or rested in them, as there was not much other furniture. Next, head on to the Sanbai Wine Workshop, the only remaining winery in Wuzhen, built during the Song Dynasty. See how wine is handmade using traditional techniques that were popular throughout the Song and Ming Dynasties. Brewing liquor was a huge industry in Wuzhen during the Ming Dynasty, when there were over 20 brewing workshops in Wuzhen alone. Wine from the Sanbai Wine Workshop is known for being full-bodied, with a soft feeling in the mouth and a lingering aftertaste. Next, visit the Hongyuan Thai Dye House to see how people in Wuzhen still use ancient methods to make cloth and dye it. Wuzhen is one of the principal sources of the flower-printed blue cloth popular in this dye house. Watch the painstaking method of creating it and marvel at the final product of striking embossed blue cloth.Then it's time for lunch in a local restaurant before seeing a Shadow Puppetry Show. Shadow Play is an unique type of Chinese performing arts, accompanied by traditional instruments as puppets appear against an illuminated backdrop to create moving shadows. Some of the instruments you’ll be introduced to are the erhu (Chinese violin), and the Chinese flute. Finally,  embark on a boat ride down the river. Board a rowboat and relax as you enjoy the sights of the old town and see people going about their daily lives in this ancient peaceful town. Before getting dropped off back at your hotel, feel free to roam the town at your own leisure.Please note: A minimum of two people is required for booking.

$373 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Wuzhen Water Town Trip from Shanghai

The day begins with pickup from your central Shanghai hotel at around 8:30am. It takes a little under two hours to drive to Wuzhen, famous for its canals and waterfront houses, and make your way to the dazzling old town, where your guide will lead you through some highlights. In ancient Chinese culture a bed was so much more than just a bed: people sat on them, rested on them, and made them the focal point of daily life. So the first stop on your itinerary is the Ancient Bed Museum, home to antique beds from the Ming and Qing Dynasties to modern times. Your next stop is the Wine Distillery Workshop. Wuzhen was once home to more than 20 brewing workshops but this is the last remaining winery in Wuzhen. With a history dating back many hundreds of years, the workshop still makes traditional Sanbai rice wine, and you can watch how this full-bodied, soft, yet lingering liquor is produced. Next, it's time to discover some of Wuzhen's cloth-manufacturing history with a visit to to a traditional indigo dye house, where you can watch all the stages of producing blue-printed fabric, from spinning to weaving to dying. Original Wuzhen cloth is, of course, available to buy. You'll break for an included lunch in a pretty historic building before your next stop, a shadow puppet show. In this traditional Chinese art form puppets move against an illuminated backdrop to create shadows, accompanied by a small orchestra of Chinese instruments. You'll learn the sound of the erhu, a two-stringed musical instrument played with a bow, and the dizi, or Chinese flute. Lastly, to appreciate Wuzhen in all its watery glory, enjoy a rowing boat ride down the river. Relax as you enjoy the sights of the old town from its pretty canals and watch locals going about their daily lives. You'll have some free time after this to wander Wuzhen at leisure and see other attractions not on the schedule, before you leave around 4:30pm to return to your hotel around 6:30pm.